Understanding The 2008 Emergency Response Guide (Revised 6/2010)

INSTRUCTOR GUIDETOPIC:UNDERSTANDING THE 2008 EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDE (Revised 6/2010)TIME REQUIRED: Two HoursMATERIALS: APPROPRIATE AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS, 2008 EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDEBOOKREFERENCES: 2008 EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDEBOOK, U.S DEPARTMENT...


  1. SPECIAL SECTIONS (EO 1-3)
    1. Table of Placards (pages 16 and 17)
      1. Use only when the ID number (four digit) is not visible
      2. Refer to the guide number (three digit) adjacent to the placard
      3. Attempt to safely obtain more specific information about the product(s)
    2. Rail Car Identification Chart (page 18)
      1. Use when placard is not visible
      2. Refer to guide number adjacent to silhouette
      3. Attempt to safely obtain more specific information about the product(s)
    3. Road Trailer Identification Chart (page 19)
      1. Use when placard is not visible
      2. Refer to guide number adjacent to silhouette
      3. Attempt to safely obtain more specific information about the product(s)
    4. Table of Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances (pages 298 to 347)
      1. Know the ID number and name of the material (table arranged by ID number rather than name)
      2. Note the wind direction
      3. Determine if it is a small spill or large spill (single small package, small cylinder, or small leak in large package for small spill)
      4. Determine if it is day (between sunrise and sunset) or night
      5. Determine initial isolation distance (distance in all directions from center of release)
      6. Determine protective action distance (distance downwind from center of release; width is half of distance)
      7. Consider public safety when determining size of spill and take a conservation approach
      8. Chemical/Biological/Radiological Agents (pages 352 to 355)
        1. Differences between chemical, biological, and radiological agents
        2. Indicators of possible chemical incident
        3. Indicators of possible biological incident
        4. Indicators of possible radiological incident
        5. Personal safety considerations
  1. GUIDEBOOK USE (EO 1-4)
    1. Look up ID number 1993, find name of product and guide number, go to guide page, and read fire or explosion information (Note that there is more than one product with the same ID number)
    2. Look up Sarin, find ID number and guide number, go to guide page, read health and protective clothing information, go to table of initial isolation and protective action distances, and read information for small spill during the day (note that there are several distances for the same product)
    3. Look up the guide page when the only information known is that the placard is blue
    4. Look up the guide page when the only information known is that the trailer is round with rib supports
    5. You respond on an alarm for a person that is not feeling well. Upon arrival at the scene and during your initial patient assessment, you note that the patient is experiencing unexplained water-like blisters and a rash.

REVIEW:

UNDERSTANDING THE 2004 EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDEBOOK

  • Guidebook Layout
  • Guide Page Layout
  • Special Sections
  • Guidebook Use

REMOTIVATION:

The emergency scene should not be first time that you have looked at the Emergency Response Guidebook. You should be familiar with the layout and content prior to the emergency. You should also be aware that you may be dispatched on an alarm, especially a medical emergency that may seem routine and turn out to be a hazardous materials incident with you in the middle of the release area.

ASSIGNMENT:

Read the Guidebook and become familiar with the contents and organization.